Online profiling and Social Media Social media is the reason for many of the world’s problems and solutions. It can also be used to spread hate, especially between teenagers and young adults. Being a young adult I can truly say I have seen social media ruin and run peoples life. I never really been big on the social media but I do know that for sure watch what you put because it can mess your life up regardless of what you believe Social media is something you do not play about.
As of 2004, an i-Safe America survey found that 42% of kids have been bullied online, while a greater 53% have admitted to cyberbullying someone else online; even still, 58% have opted to not share such experiences with their parents or an adult. Keep in mind that these statistics were discovered before Facebook and Twitter. The rise of the Internet and its solidified role in our modern lives have led to many discussions and arguments on the web - as well as the insults and harassment they produce. Cyberbullying is extremely pervasive among teenagers and often inflicts more damage than other types of bullying; attackers can be anonymous and strike whenever they please, creating both short-term and long-term problems for young people everywhere.
Cyber bullying is a very dangerous way of bullying kids and teens. Every year about 95% of kids and teens who use technology and social media websites have been affected by cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is dangerous because it can cause psychological problems especially to kids and teens because of their young age. Cyber bullying can be done through different types of technology such as computer, phones, tablets, and can also be done through social media websites. One example of cyber bullying is using facebook and making fun of a person constantly and posting pictures without their knowledge of you posting it.
Also, it can bring people together by showing each other what they lookd like if they hcae not been able to see each other for a long time. I think that technology has brought young people, (teens), closer together, because they are more open over the internet, and sometimes you may get to know someone better over the internet.
When children have access to technology and to communicate to anyone, a whole new form of bullying takes place: cyberbullying. Cyberbullying can make a child feel so frightened and unsafe that they feel as though this world has gained a brand new level of danger. A child could feel so helpless that they could take their own life. A man named John Halligan informs an article about his son named Ryan Patrick who killed himself in 2003 after being threatened and bullied by his classmates online for months (“Prosecuting Cyberbullies”). This type of bullying that technology has created makes bullying a child easier because the bullies do not have to see the victim face to face.
In the article, “What’s Up Doc? A Bloody Outrage, That’s What,” author Katherine Ellison writes about her personal encounter and response towards violent internet cartoons. She expresses her opinion about the internet cartoon called “Happy Tree Friends,” and encourages that young children should not have access to such inappropriate cartoons or watch television shows with similar content. Ellison claims that the viewing of media violence through other media outputs without adult discretion can negatively impact adolescents’ behavior.
“Social media sites allow teens to accomplish online many of the tasks that are important to them offline: staying connected with friends and family, making new friends, sharing pictures, and exchanging ideas. Social media participation also can offer adolescents deeper benefits that extend into their view of self, community, and the world” (O'Keeffe, Gwenn Schurgin, et al. “The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families”). However, having so many people being able to have access to a platform can also have negative percussions.
A good amount of teens also use these social networking sites to harass and bully other teens. “In a 2013 opinion piece for the Huffington Post, Randy Taran, founder of the nonprofit Project Happiness, asserted the anonymity and lack of accountability on some social networking sites and apps “bring out the worst of human nature”(Rai, Komal and Gurpreet Gill). The teens that are “bringing out the worst of human nature” are doing this by following the teens home. When someone signs up for a social media site that teen is allowing everyone and anyone who has that social networking site to access them, allowing bullies to follow the teens and attack them while they are at home as well. When my mother
Although social networking can be good to stay connected with friends and family, schools should ban social networking because it can be used to cyberbully, receive online advertising that is inappropriate for their age, teens admitted to lying about their age to gain access to websites. The first reason why Students shouldn’t have phones in school is because kids can use their phones to cyberbully. I notice that people in my class are always on there phones texting, on social media. They might be on their phones, bullying someone else.
This is the first century and technology has never been better. It has become so advanced that it has opened up opportunities for jobs, learning, and bullying. It is now easier than ever to bully someone all hours of the day, and to make the bullying follow them wherever they go. Cyberbullying never used to be much of a problem, in fact it didn’t use to exist. But now with all the new technology, and all the freedom online cyber bullying happens everyday.
In the United States, there is an ongoing debate that’s been discussed for decades. The debate is on whether too much time around technology can harmful to a young teen’s behavior, social skills, and attention to school work. Recently two article have been released, “Blame Society, Not the Screen Time” by Danah Boyd and “Don’t Limit Your Teen’s Screen Time” by Chris Bergman, that take similar sides to the debate, but two very different approaches. Bergman explains that technology should be allowed often to take away the hunger for time in front of a screen, while Boyd demands that parents give their children more freedom to interact in order to lessen the desire for technology. Regarding the ongoing debate on technology’s effects on children,